The Doctor's Code of Conduct

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The Doctor's Code of Conduct
A doctor's code of conduct affects his interactions with patients. (doctor with patient 5 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

The doctor's code of conductor medical ethics--is based on underlying beliefs, assumptions, emotions and attitudes that in turn guide practice. Unethical conduct can lead to disciplinary action.

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History

The Hippocratic Oath is the foundation of the doctor's code of conduct. This oath was an early Greek text requiring physicians to swear to uphold medical standards. The modern version was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, according to PBS.org.

Principles

There are four core principles related to a doctor's conduct. These principles are respect for patient rights, providing benefit to the patient, not harming the patient and acting with justice. These principles should be politically, religiously, culturally and philosophically neutral.

Benefits

Doctors who follow an ethical code of conduct gain a good reputation among peers. Additionally, their patients feel respected and understood--leading to a greater level of patient satisfaction.

Misconceptions

The modern Hippocratic Oath is not required by all medical schools. The exact terminology to "First, do no harm" is not found in the Hippocratic Oath, according to the NIH History of Medicine Division. It is likely that Hippocrates did not write the Hippocratic Oath. It may have been written by some of his students, reports the University of Virginia Health Systems.

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